The skinny on galley kitchens By Design: Long and narrow room requires a complete overhaul.

BY DESIGN

March 31, 1996|By Rita St. Clair | Rita St. Clair,LOS ANGELES TIMES SYNDICATE

I can't find any photos to guide me in remodeling my long narrow kitchen. Any suggestions?

Yes, but they're all based on the assumption that you're willing to carry out a complete redo.

This photo shows the work of Nancy D. Mullan of NDM Kitchens, who created this space for a show house some years ago.

First, color-washed canvas was affixed to the walls, making a contrast to the high-gloss white paint used on the wooden cabinets. A white limestone floor with green marble inserts makes the space seem wider.

Wood, treated to withstand water and knives, was used for the the counter tops and back-splash.

The designer placed recessed, low-voltage, mini-light strips on the underside of the wall cabinets. Besides producing illumination for the counter tops, this kind of lighting sends off a glow that makes food look more inviting.

Glass shelves above the counter top are combined with mirrored surfacing on the wall behind. Mirrored doors enclose the cabinets on the opposite wall, creating an illusion of spaciousness.

Pub Date: 3/31/96

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